While Borough President Melinda Katz and public defender Tiffany Cabán may currently hold the frontrunner status for the Queens District Attorney race, former Judge Greg Lasak continues to build up his campaign.
Last week both New York Daily News and the New York Post endorsed Lasak’s candidacy ahead of the June 25th primary.
“If they were honest with themselves, all but one of the candidates for Queens district attorney would drop out — because that candidate would clearly do better at everything about the job,” according to the New York Post. “The rest of the pack are running as criminal-justice reformers, but Lasak has been walking that walk for decades, from inside the DA’ s office. Back in the 1990s, he created a “wrong man unit” that got nearly two dozen innocents released, including some who’d not only been convicted wrongly but had exhausted their appeals.”
The Post went on to say that the Woodside native was an obvious successor to the District Attorney Richard Brown, who passed away earlier this year after nearly 28 years of service.
The Daily News praised Lasak for him for his former experience in and outside of the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
“Lasak’s 25 years as a Queens assistant district attorney and then 15 years as a judge trying felony cases in the borough give him unmatched experience in a crowded field to succeed the late Dick Brown,” according to the Daily News. ” He was an innovator in exonerations, freeing more than 20 men who were wrongly convicted. He has built diversion programs for offenders and the borough’s domestic violence bureau.”
Lasak was honored to receive the glowing endorsements from the papers and other organizations.
“Judge Lasak is proud to be validated by the New York Daily News, theNew York Post, Citizens Union, and the Queens County Bar Association as the most qualified candidate for District Attorney. He’s spent his career reforming the criminal justice system and keeping us safe. And we’re confident this momentum from the endorsements will help him do the same as our next DA,” according to his Campaign Chairman Bill Driscoll.